By Seth Kim-Cohen
An ear-opening reassessment of sonic paintings from international conflict II to the current
Marcel Duchamp famously championed a "non-retinal" visible paintings, rejecting judgments of style and sweetness. within the Blink of an Ear is the 1st booklet to invite why the sonic arts didn't adventure a parallel flip towards a non-cochlear sonic paintings, imagined as either a reaction and a supplement to Duchamp's conceptualism. instead of deal with sound artwork as a creative perform unto itself-or because the undesirable baby of music-artist and theorist Seth Kim-Cohen relates the post-War sonic arts to contemporaneous activities within the gallery arts. utilising key principles from poststructuralism, deconstruction, and paintings background, within the Blink of an Ear means that the sonic arts were topic to a similar cultural pressures that experience formed minimalism, conceptualism, appropriation, and relational aesthetics. Sonic perform and thought have downplayed - or, in lots of instances, thoroughly rejected - the de-formalization of the paintings and its simultaneous animation within the conceptual realm.
Starting in 1948, the simultaneous examples of John Cage and Pierre Schaeffer initiated a sonic theory-in-practice, fusing clement Greenberg's media-specificity with a phenomenological emphasis on notion. for that reason, the "sound-in-itself" tendency has turn into the dominant paradigm for the construction and reception of sound paintings. Engaged with severe texts by means of Jacques Derrida, Rosalind Krauss, Friedrich Kittler, Jean François Lyotard, and Jacques Attali, between others, Seth Kim-Cohen convincingly argues for a reassessment of the quick background of sound paintings, rejecting sound-in-itself in prefer of a analyzing of sound's improved scenario and its uncontainable textuality. while, this significant ebook establishes the rules for a nascent non-cochlear sonic perform, embracing the inevitable interplay of sound with the social, the linguistic, the philosophical, the political, and the technological.
Artists mentioned comprise:
La Monte Young